Policy Steward: Director of Environmental Health and Safety


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    To specify procedures for providing fire extinguisher protection for specific occupancy hazards.


    The University will purchase and install the required hand-portable fire extinguishers necessary for protection purposes within each building in accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Statewide Building Code generally known as the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) and the currently adopted edition of the International Building Code and OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.157 Portable Fire Extinguishers.

    Departments, Colleges, and Non-University Park locations will be responsible for purchasing the required fire extinguisher protection for specific hazards introduced into the occupancy of the building. Examples would be quantities of flammable liquids, specific electrical equipment, special research apparatus, excessive storage of paper, wood, textiles, etc.

    Fire Classifications.

    Fire Extinguishers.

    Following is a listing of the basic types of hand-portable fire extinguishers which are designed for the above classes:


    The sizes and types of fire extinguishers are generally available through  Physical Plant Stores. Departments may purchase the number desired by submitting a Work Order at https://maximo.opp.psu.edu/suitereq/.

    For buildings and equipment located at University Park, the Office of Physical Plant will charge the fire extinguishers as required and then properly mount them at the designated locations. In addition, they will include the extinguishers on the preventive maintenance schedule for required inspection and hydrostatic testing.

    For buildings and equipment located at non-University Park locations, or Field Research Stations not included under the previous paragraph, the maintenance personnel at these facilities mount them properly, and include them on the preventive maintenance schedule for inspection and hydrostatic testing.

    Any questions concerning the quantity and/or types of fire protection required should be directed to the University Environmental Health and Safety Office, University Park, Pennsylvania - 16801 Telephone (814) 865-6391.


    For questions, additional detail, or to request changes to this policy, please contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

    Effective Date: March 24, 2017
    Date Approved: March 23, 2017
    Date Published: March 24, 2017

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